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Fokus


Published 1987
Topics Mommartz


Focus: Simulation of an alternating eyelid with a one-eye camera.


Run time 3:00
Producer Lutz Mommartz
Audio/Visual sound, color

Credits

The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Dusseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Munster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Dusseldorf and Berlin.

Reviews

Reviewer: left wing films - - December 1, 2005
Subject: AV VJ mix
Imagine Mommartz performing with Coldcut and Grandmaster Flash
cool avmix of simple yet perfectly working shots of mundane life mixed with 80s Funk and Free Jazz
I ll rate 5 stars
and say its worth the download!
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - - November 4, 2005
Subject: Rapid Eye Movement
Short experimental film that explores the limit of editing. The individual shots are rather mundane: a heater, a window, cigarettes on standing on a table. However, there is a quick, uneven cutting between scenes (sometimes an obvious cut back to the same object) that is at time frantic and other times contemplative. The soundtrack bears little relationship to the action on the screen, cutting between Eurodance, classical and jazz randomly, independently of the cuts of the film.

However, despite the lack of actual action on the screen (the most active object is a cigarette burning and then later falling over), there is a desperateness attached to the film, as if the camera is frantically trying to latch onto a single thought. That this brought on solely by editing of both the visual and aural elements makes it all the more extraordinary.
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